For 554 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joe Leydon's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 High Fidelity
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 554
554 movie reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Based loosely and playfully on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," From Prada to Nada is a predictable but pleasant comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Evan Ross impresses with an implosive performance as Tariq Mahdi, a moody young African-American.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A hagiographic portrait of the standup comic and social satirist who never quite reached beyond cult status in the U.S., American: The Bill Hicks Story might have impressed more of the unconverted had it included more performance footage of its subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    For most of its running time, Fordson wanders far from the gridiron to offer overall impressions of a close-knit community of Arab-Americans who, in the wake of 9/11, often have found themselves targeted and stereotyped as militant Islamists or worse.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Earnest and understated, Weekend has the intimate look and feel of a two-character stage play that has been opened up -- but only slightly, with minimal addition of supporting players -- for a mostly faithful filmization.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Much like its predecessors, Paranormal Activity 3 is a slow-building, stealthily creepy supernatural thriller that takes a teasingly indirect approach to generating suspense and escalating dread.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    This filmed-in-Texas road movie finds a smooth groove between self-conscious quirkiness and broadly played farce.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Newcomer Rachel Hendrix grabs attention and sustains sympathy as a lovely yet troubled 19-year-old student determined to unlock the secrets of her past after learning the circumstances of her birth.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Devotees of folk and bluegrass -- and, of course, diehard Nickel Creek fans -- are the natural audience for this leisurely paced documentary.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    The interaction among opposites inspires an abundance of predictable race-based jokes, many of which have the saving grace of actually being funny.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Despite the considerable impediment of a premise arguably even sillier than that of the original "Red Dawn," helmer Dan Bradley's long-delayed remake of John Milius' 1984 kids-vs.-Commies adventure delivers enough thrilling action sequences and rock-'em, sock-'em fantasy-fulfillment to amp its B.O. potential.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Helmer John Luessenhop ("Takers") and a small army of scripters go back to the bloody roots of the long-running franchise to concoct a better-than-average horror-thriller that relies more on potent suspense than graphic savagery or stereoscopic tricks.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way Fairhaven repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Agreeably amusing but unduly extended, Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola suggests what might have resulted had Rodgers and Hammerstein lived long enough to attempt a Broadway musical about the Occupy Wall Street movement.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Neatly balancing brightly sentimental comedy with slightly edgier funny business, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone pulls off the impressive trick of generating laughs on a consistent basis while spinning a clever scenario about rival magicians waging a Las Vegas turf war with a wide multi-demographic appeal.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    An initially intriguing but ultimately exhausting tale of grieving parents left quite literally dazed and confused in the wake of their young son’s death.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    A lightly engaging bilingual trifle that benefits greatly from the charm of lead player Jaime Camil, a Mexican TV and film star who evidences smooth self-assurance at the wheel of what could be his crossover vehicle.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Sufficiently sweet to serve as a date movie for all ages, Lost for Words comes across as almost subversively retrograde in its old-fashioned approach to charting the slow blossoming of a cross-cultural romance.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Director Vincenzo Natali (“Splice”) is more effective at sustaining clammy suspense than hiding all the holes in Brian King’s script. But top-billed Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is effective enough to generate a rooting interest in the plucky protagonist of the piece, and to sustain interest when narrative logic turns fuzzy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Connor and co-director Michael Worth allow Fort McCoy to proceed at an unhurried pace, giving Stoltz ample opportunity to subtly convey undercurrents of guilt and anger percolating beneath his character’s affable exterior.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Joe Leydon
    Copenhagen remains more intriguing than compelling.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Chalk it up as a middling B-pic that, with a bit more wit and style, could have been at least a cult item.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Modestly engaging but thoroughly formulaic drama about a boxer turned preacher who returns to the ring to fund a community-outreach center.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A frankly formulaic but agreeably funny comedy about has-beens, wannabes and never-weres.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Aggressively stylish but dramatically flaccid.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Too tepid to interest anyone old enough to operate a TV remote control.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    A handsome but ho-hum swashbuckler that springs to life only during a few spirited scenes of acrobatic swordplay.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Too mild-mannered and fuzzily focused for its own good.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Generates a respectable amount of suspense and takes a few unexpected turns while covering familiar territory.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Joe Leydon
    Strong performances, a few dramatically potent scenes and a vividly specific evocation of locale barely offset hackneyed and muddled elements in a script that plays like a first draft.

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